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Re: “Deadline Looms for 16th Annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 Contest Entries

Harrison, thanks for the information. Prospective entrants should note the requirement (which I think you've listed somewhere) that the word count is to be determined by Microsoft Word. Oddly enough, its program counts an ellipsis as a word, and in my experience other programs will undercount, for reasons that aren't clear.

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Posted by Tony C on 11/08/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Deadline Looms for 16th Annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 Contest Entries

C. and Tony,

this is Staff Writer Harrison Berry. I'm running the Fiction 101 contest this year. To answer your questions in order: No, there is no theme for the contest. You're free to write about whatever you want. Tony, this is a blind-judged contest, but you're free to put your name on your entryjust know we'll remove it before sending it home with our judges.

Good luck!

Harrison

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Posted by Harrison Berry on 11/08/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Reza Aslan

I am glad that Azlan apologized because he is very different from Donald. Donald was taught by Roy Cohen, the lawyer for the Mob in NYC to: 1)Attack, 2)Re-attack, 3)NEVER apologize. Also Azlan is more professional and persuasive when he explains Donald in aberrant psychological findings.
In THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trumps case, their moral and civic duty to warn America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trumps symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

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Posted by RAC on 11/08/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Reza Aslan

Softball questions.

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Posted by glabowells1 on 11/08/2017 at 5:23 AM

Re: “Deadline Looms for 16th Annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 Contest Entries

Should we put our names on the entry, or is the judging blind?

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Posted by Tony C on 11/07/2017 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Deadline Looms for 16th Annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 Contest Entries

Does "No Lie" refer to the theme of the contest?

Posted by C. Moore on 11/07/2017 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Leaders Break Ground on Housing-First Development for Chronically Homeless in Boise

The study referred to in this story contains this bit of brilliance on page #15: What all of these reports can agree on is that to end homelessness we must place people in houses. :)

It says the $53,000 a year that each individual homeless person costs the city of Boise is due largely to police and emergency room services. Thats $4,416 dollars per person, per month, on "police services"? and emergency room services. Its $147.20 per day!
The mortgage on my 3-bdrm house in Nampa is app. $9,000 per year. That means the city's $53,000 per year would pay my mortgage and leave me with $44,000 dollars or $3600 each month for other expenses. SEEM EXCESSIVE TO YOU?
I found the study, which is a thesis done by Cassandra Solmonsen, here: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/cgi/vie…

Posted by RonnieG on 11/05/2017 at 10:12 AM

Re: “At State of the City Address, Bieter Makes Plea for Sports Park, F-35 Mission, New Main Library

Boise Mayor and Council have generally done pretty well. But "benefit of the doubt" doesn't work when millions of dollars and quality of life are at stake. Don't invite the F-35 fighter jet which will make whole neighborhoods uninhabitable, is a questionable technical project, and has no future. Don't develop more downtown open space into sports/concert venues when we all would benefit from allowing the area to be park and wild zone. Besides, I would bet half of Boise's population will be priced out of the ticket cost! Focus instead on reducing downtown traffic, rather than increasing it. Thanks!

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Posted by Tim McNeil on 11/05/2017 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Leaders Break Ground on Housing-First Development for Chronically Homeless in Boise

I don't believe for one second that a homeless person cost the city of Boise $53,000 a year. For what? Does this awesome BSU "study" explain where that money goes, Because my retirement income is far less that $53,000 a year. Far, far less.

Posted by RonnieG on 11/05/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “At State of the City Address, Bieter Makes Plea for Sports Park, F-35 Mission, New Main Library

The benefit of the doubt? You mean for allowing oversize developments in the foothills with no regulations for open space and preserving future trails access? Or do you mean for supporting commercial development that will demolish residential housing in the downtown. Perhaps you mean the foothills levies that put the burden of maintaining open space on tax paying residents rather than developers. Mayor Bieter, as long as your governing body refuses to actually play a role in planning and zoning that respects residents rather than mollifies developers, you deserve the doubt until we see the benefit. You can blame sprawl which is out of your control, but you cannot claim the high road until your administration takes charge of the development interests that are using Boise as a playground.

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Posted by Mick D on 11/04/2017 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Choose Three: Your Guide to the 2017 Boise City Council Election

Apologies for the multiple comments

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Posted by Bees on 11/04/2017 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Choose Three: Your Guide to the 2017 Boise City Council Election

Not sure yet who I'll be voting for, but Fortin's comment re: the bus system...where the heck is he getting his numbers? I ride regularly, & esp. ~9-5 busses are very full. Better public transport benefits everyone; improved routes and times would decrease traffic, accidents, and improve air quality. This dude doesn't ride.

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Posted by Bees on 11/04/2017 at 1:58 AM

Re: “Choose Three: Your Guide to the 2017 Boise City Council Election

I'm not sure yet who I'll be voting for, but Fortin's comment re: the bus system... where the heck is he getting his numbers? I ride the state street bus regularly, and especially around time for the 9-5 crowd, the busses are very full. Additionally, having more pub. transport could bring a whole slew of improvements -- with more flexible schedules and improved routes comes less traffic and better air quality. This dude doesn't ride.

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Posted by Bees on 11/04/2017 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Idaho Gives 2017: Sweet Charity

Yes, Giving to the charity makes you feel better. Not only you get happy by donating to the charity but it also makes people happy who receives donations, which gives them a little hope to live a good life. I always like charity work which makes me feel happy. Currently I am planning to donate the funds to this site http://www.mission-humanitaire-afrique.org/partir-en-mission-humanitaire-afrique/ which works for helping the people in Africa on my cousin's recommendation.

Posted by IreneBlack on 11/04/2017 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Choose Three: Your Guide to the 2017 Boise City Council Election

The North End Neighborhood Association has their city council candidate forum on Facebook for those interested in learning more about the candidates and their platforms: https://www.facebook.com/events/661083440681937/permalink/675061715950776/

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Posted by Janelle Doelan on 11/03/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Choose Three: Your Guide to the 2017 Boise City Council Election

Naomi Johnson has done a lot for the citizens of Boise quietly behind the scenes. She has played roles in Boise Bicycle Project, Idaho Organizing Project & Divest Boise among other things. As a city councilperson, her agenda will be the what the citizens want & she will seek out & listen to constituent input.

T.J. Thomson has demonstrated he thinks he knows best, esp when it comes to rubber-stamping development projects w/o thoughtful consideration of who will be negatively impacted. The stadium will cause traffic issues & take out affordable housing. TJ brushed it off saying it wasn't a done deal, but what tone-deaf incumbents don't get is that we, the citizens, are not happy it's this far along without our input. I don't want to pay even more taxes for a stadium (already paying for Idaho Ice World), a ridiculous downtown circulator, & other unnecessary things. VOTE FOR NAOMI JOHNSON!

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Posted by Janelle Doelan on 11/03/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Choose Three: Your Guide to the 2017 Boise City Council Election

I know Naomi Johnson as a colleague and would highly recommend her for this position. She is passionate about hearing everyone's voice and making positive changes in our community. She truly is an amazing person.

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Posted by csilf on 11/03/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Conservation Voters for Idaho Makes Endorsements in Boise Council Election

Get real. Conservation Voters endorsed T.J. Thomson because Washington D.C.-based Hilltop Public Solutions Co. told them to. Money speaks louder than values at CVI.

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Posted by Janelle Doelan on 11/02/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Phil McGrane

What an interesting analogy but I guess it is comparable in terms of stress and expectations. Stakes are even higher with destination weddings and having the right planner can spell the difference between a blissful day or an expensive disaster.Last spring, my cousin had a destination wedding in Italy. They wanted a fairytale wedding so they booked a medieval castle from this global wedding marketplace https://ibride.com/. The planner that came with the package was really instrumental in making everything possible especially since my cousin and her intended were in a different time zone during the entire planning period. Just amazing what a capable planner can accomplish.

Posted by Dara Nee on 11/02/2017 at 6:17 AM

Re: “Choose Three: Your Guide to the 2017 Boise City Council Election

I'm liking these picks:

Seat 2 - Lisa Sanchez
Seat 4 - Crispin Gravatt edges out Naomi Johnson
Seat 6 - Caleb Hansen

It's pretty hard to make any decisions on voting in Idaho when there is little media...and even less coverage from them coupled with no proper state or county elections websites to get proper info - like who donated to the candidates. You can learn more from that than anything else.

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Posted by Ben Schroeter on 11/01/2017 at 11:37 PM


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